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November 21, 2014 - Industry News

2015 Ford F-150 Named Fleet Truck of the Year

Robert Brown, Great Lakes regional sales manager for Automotive Fleet (right), presents the 2014 Fleet Truck of the Year Award to Fritz Ahadi, general manager of commercial and government operations for Ford Motor Co. Photo courtesy of Robert Brown.

Ford's redesigned 2015 F-150 pickup truck was named the 2014 Fleet Truck of the Year by fleet managers from across all industries and fleet sizes.

Tags: Ford F-150, Fleet Truck of the Year, Ford, Awards, 2015-MY

November 21, 2014 - Industry News

2015 Ford F-150 Raises Fuel Efficiency 29 Percent

Photo of 2015 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Ford has increased the fuel efficiency of its 2015 F-150 by up to 29 percent with a lighter-weight aluminum body, pushing highway mpg for a gasoline-powered pickup to 26 mpg.

Tags: Ford F-150, Full-Size Pickups, Fuel Economy, Ford, Aluminum, 2015-MY

November 20, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Adds EcoBoost Engine to 2016 Explorer

Photo of 2016 Explorer by Paul Clinton.

For 2016, Ford has updated the Explorer mid-size SUV by giving it a more rugged look than the previous model and adding a new 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine to replace the former base 2.0-liter engine.

Tags: Ford Explorer, EcoBoost, Ford, Mid-Size SUVs, L.A. Auto Show, Mid-Cycle Refresh, Engines

November 19, 2014 - Industry News

Video: NHTSA Calls for Expanded Air Bag Recalls

If Takata and automakers don’t quickly agree to expand recalls on a nationwide scale, NHTSA vows to use its statutory powers to ensure the defective air bag inflators are replaced.

Tags: Vehicle Safety, Recalls, Takata, Air Bags, NHTSA, Ford, Honda, Chrysler, Mazda, BMW

November 18, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Fusions Recalled for Programming Issue

The 2014 Fusion is one of the models being recalled by Ford. Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford has issued a safety compliance recall for approximately 65,000 2014-2015 Fusion vehicles in North America for a programming issue in the instrument cluster.

Tags: Ford, Ford Fusion, Vehicle Recalls, 2014-MY, 2015-MY, Ford Fusion Energi

November 15, 2014 - Industry News

Smithsonian Exhibits Ford’s Inflatable Seat Belt

Image courtesy of Ford.

The vehicle safety invention was on display as part of the Innovation Festival, held by the Smithsonian and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Tags: Ford, Smithsonian, Inflatable Seat Belt, Vehicle Safety Technology

November 14, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Reaches Explorer SUV Sales Milestone

Infographic courtesy of Ford.

Ford has sold the 7-millionth Explorer mid-size SUV as it gets ready to introduce a redesigned version that will enter the vehicle's sixth generation at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Tags: Ford Explorer, L.A. Auto Show, Mid-Size SUVs, Ford

November 7, 2014 - Global News

Ford Names New EMEA Chief

Ford Motor Co. has elevated Jim Farley to lead the company's Europe, Middle East, and Africa operations among other senior management changes.

Tags: Ford, Automotive Executives, C-Suite, Promotions, Retirement

November 4, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Recalls 7 Models Including 2014 F-150

Photo of 2014 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

The automaker issues five separate recalls affecting more than 202,000 vehicles in North America.

Tags: Ford F-150, Lincoln, Ford Transit Connect, 2011-MY, Recalls, Ford Crown Victoria, Ford, Ford Transit, 2014-MY, 2015-MY, Ford Flex, Lincoln Town Car

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Refreshing Explorer for 2016 as Global SUV

Photo courtesy of Ford.

The 2016 Explorer will reach showrooms next year with a new look, added capability and additional driver-assist technology, according to Ford.

Tags: Ford Explorer, Ford, L.A. Auto Show, Mid-Size SUVs, 2016-MY

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Recalls Edge SUVs for Fire Risk

Photo of Ford Edge by resedabear via Wikimedia Commons.

Ford is recalling 204,448 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX SUVs in North American states that use road salt for snow and ice removal. Potential fuel leaks can arise from corrosion.

Tags: Lincoln, Corrosion, Recalls, 2008-MY, 2007-MY, Ford, Ford Edge, Mid-Size SUVs

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

Class 3 Ford Transit Vans Improve Payload, Towing

Photo of long wheelbase Transit 350HD courtesy of Ford.

Ford's 2015 Transit full-size cargo van with a Class 3 chassis expands the payload and towing capability of the van without the need for a cutaway or chassis cab model.

Tags: Ford, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, Class 3, Cargo Vans, Diesel Engines

October 23, 2014 - Industry News

Ford to Offer 'Pre-Collision' System

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford will offer a new driver-assist system that will reduce the severity or eliminate some frontal collisions between its vehicles and pedestrians, the company announced.

Tags: Safety Technology, Pedestrian Safety, Ford, Ford Mondeo

October 22, 2014 - Industry News

NHTSA Urges Immediate Repairs for Takata Air Bags

Photo of 2008 Dodge RAM 1500 by NHTSA via Wikimedia Commons.

Defective air bag inflators pose a safety hazard in more than 7 million vehicles in the 2000-2008 model years, the federal agency warns.

Tags: Toyota, BMW, Subaru, Honda, Nissan, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Chrysler, Recalls, Takata, Ford, General Motors, Air Bags, NHTSA

October 16, 2014 - Product News

Ford Adds Cargo Management System to 2015 F-150

Photo of the 2015 F-150's BoxLink cargo management system courtesy of Ford.

Ford is introducing a cargo management system and LED box lights on its 2015 F-150 pickup, as well as several new options.

Tags: Ford F-150, Light-Duty Trucks, Payload, Ford, Cargo Storage

October 15, 2014 - Industry News

Plug-In EVs May Talk to Utilities Via Cloud

Illustration of Focus Electric courtesy of Ford.

The Electric Power Research Institute is coordinating a test with eight global automakers of an advanced software platform that would allow plug-in electric vehicles to communicate to utilities via the cloud when charging is complete.

Tags: Ford, Cloud-Based Technology, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Smart Grid

October 13, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Adds 850 F-150 Production Jobs

Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of the Americas, announced that Ford is adding 850 more jobs in Dearborn. Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Motor Co. has added 850 jobs to its Ford Rouge Center in Dearborn, Mich., to build the 2015 F-150 pickup truck, the company has announced.

Tags: Ford, Ford F-150, Vehicle Production, Light-Duty Trucks

October 6, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Recalls Escape, Focus and Lincoln MKC for Stalling

Ford Escape photo courtesy of Ford.

The recall, which began in September, addresses a faulty fuel delivery module at risk for cracking.

Tags: Ford Escape, Ford Focus, Lincoln, Recalls, Ford, 2014-MY, 2015-MY, Compact SUVs, NHTSA, Lincoln MKC

October 2, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Recalls F-650/F-750 Trucks for Stalling

Photo courtesy of Ford.

The problem is linked to defective fuel filters for the Cummins-manufactured engines.

Tags: Recalls, Ford, Ford F-650, Ford F-750, 2015-MY, NHTSA, Cummins, Medium-Duty Trucks

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Ford to Add Aluminum to Next-Gen Super Duty Trucks

Photo of 2016 F-Series Super Duty courtesy of Ford.

Ford will incorporate high-strength aluminum alloys into the body of its next-generation Super Duty truck lineup, Ford's new CEO announced Sept. 29 while presenting the company's global growth goals.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Ford, Aluminum, Ford Super Duty

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Releases More 2015 F-150 Towing, Payload Specs

Photo of 2015 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Ford has released the full towing and payload specifications for all four engine offerings of its 2015 F-150 pickup, claiming its revamped truck with added aluminum components offers leading towing and payload capabilities while shedding weight.

Tags: Ford F-150, Pickup Trucks, Light-Duty Trucks, Ford

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Names Nat G Qualified Vehicle Modifier

Photo courtesy of Nat G.

Houston-based Nat G CNG Solutions has been selected to join Ford's Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) program to provide fleets natural gas versions of Ford trucks and vans, the company has announced.

Tags: Ford, Nat G CNG Solutions, Vehicle Modifiers

September 26, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Recalls 850K Vehicles for Air Bag Issue

Photo of Ford Fusion courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

The recall impacts 2013-2014 model-year Ford C-MAX, Fusion, Escape and Lincoln MKZ vehicles in North America.

Tags: Ford Escape, Lincoln, Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ, Recalls, 2013-MY, Ford, Ford C-Max, 2014-MY

September 25, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Adds Second Shift in KC to Meet Transit Demand

Photo of 2015 Transit courtesy of Ford.

Ford has added a second shift at its Kansas City Assembly Plant to meet the demand for its 2015 Transit full-size van, Ford has announced.

Tags: Vehicle Production, Ford, Ford Transit

September 22, 2014 - Global News

Ford Rolls Out Dealer Telematics Option in Europe

Photo of Transit Custom courtesy of Ford.

Ford will begin offering a dealer-installed telematics option for its commercial vehicles in Europe in the fourth quarter under a partnership with Telogis announced by the two companies.

Tags: Ford, Telogis, Dealers, Vehicle Options

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